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Standard 1

Candidates preparing to work in schools as teachers or other school professionals know and demonstrate the content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and skills, pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills, and professional dispositions necessary to help all students learn. Assessments indicate that candidates meet professional, state, and institutional standards.

Unit Standards

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Initially adopted by the Unit Accreditation Board on April 19, 2007, the latest revision of the NCATE Unit Standards was ratified by the Executive Board on October 20, 2007. Professional Standards for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation Institutions contains an updated list of program standards and updated language in the chapter on 'Accreditation Decisions' to reflect policy board actions through fall 2007.

Overview and Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework establishes the shared vision for a unit's efforts in preparing educators to work effectively in P-12 schools. It provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, scholarship, service, and unit accountability. The conceptual framework is knowledge based, articulated, shared, coherent, consistent with the unit and institutional mission, and continuously evaluated.


Teaching children-to recognize letters, to read for the first time, to understand how a tree grows-is one of the most important jobs in America. The nation's future depends, in large part, on how well it is done.